How These K-8 Students Are Changing Charlotte
"Service Learning" takes students beyond the classroom
EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, a group of Episcopalians, parents, and uptown community members started a school in First Ward that instills both “a firm spiritual foundation and an enduring commitment to the richness of diversity” in Charlotte youth. Aside from robust academics and cultural programs, the school solidifies these pillars with a “Service Learning” program, which takes students beyond the classroom in their approach to community.
From kindergarten through 8th grade, each level is allied with a Charlotte non-profit that serves varying aspects of Charlotte’s needy. For first-graders learning about the city's hungry and their nutritional needs, a partnership with Loaves & Fishes has students helping to stock and organize a food pantry. Fifth-graders aid Refugee Support Services at Galilee Center by helping refugees study for citizenship tests, acquire food, and participate in storytime for younger immigrants. This not only benefits their own learning about the world, but helps refugees practice their English skills.
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"After nine years of serving neighbors in such a profound way, Trinity students leave here armed with an awareness to not only notice difference but embrace and desire it from themselves and the world we live in," says Jennifer Moore, director of admission and financial aid.
Those are just a couple ways in which the “Service Learning” program benefits the students, Charlotte non-profits, and the community. See a breakdown of grade-levels and nonprofits here. And below, watch a video that further shows how this program is changing Charlotte.
Attend an Open House at Trinity Episcopal School on October 5 at 7 p.m. or a Super Tour on October 19 at 9:15 a.m.